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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

1742]
To Horace Mann
273
taken; but it seems, Maillebois8 is to stop at Bavaria. I hope Belleisle* will be made prisoner. I am indifferent about the fate of the great BroglioB—but Belleisle is able, and is our most determined enemy:—we need not have more, for to-day it is confirmed that Cardinal Tencinfl and M. d'Argenson7 are declared of the prime ministry. The first moment, they can, Tencin will be for transporting the Pretenders into England. Your advice about Naples was quite judicious: the appearance of a bomb will have great weight in the councils of the little KingR.
We don't talk now of any of the Eoyals passing into Flanders; though The Champion9 this morning had an admirable quotation, on the supposition that the King would go himself: it was this line from TJie Rehearsal:—
' Give us our fiddle; we ourselves will play.'
possession of the French until December, 1742.
3 Jean Francois Desmarets (1682-1762), Marquis de Maillebois, Mar£-chal de Prance. He failed to relieve Prague, and retired into Bavaria.
* Charles Louis Auguste Fouquet (1684-1761), Comte (afterwards Due) de Belleisle, Mar6chal de France, now shut up in Prague.
B Francois Marie (1671-1745), Due de Broglie, Mare'chal de France, in command of the French army in Prague.
6  Pierre Grue"rin de Tencin (1680-1758).   His   political   advancement was mainly due to the influence of his sister (the notorious Marquise de Tencin.) with the minister Dubois, whose right-hand man he became, and for whom, he obtained a cardinal's hat.     In   this   year   (1742) Tencin became  Minister of State, and Archbishop of Lyons.   He was subsequently disgraced, and retired to his diocese.
7  Marc   Pierre   de Voyer   (1696-1764), Comte d'Argenson, appointed Minister for War.   In this capacity
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he reorganized the French army, and thus contributed to the victories of Fontenoy and Laffeldt. He incurred the resentment of Madame de Pompadour, through whose influence he was disgraced and exiled (1757).
8  Charles, King  of Naples.    On August 19,1742 (apparently in pursuance of Mann's advice), an English squadron, under Commodore Martin, appeared before Naples, to insist upon the recall of the Neapolitan troops which had been sent to the assistance of the Spaniards,  and upon the observance of strict neutrality by the King of Naples.   Commodore Martin threatened instant hostilities if these   conditions were  refused. After some hesitation on the Bang's part,   Martin   demanded   (and   received) compliance within an hour.
9  The Champion was an Opposition Journal, written by Fielding.    Wai-pole.—James Salph ' acted as a kind of co-editor, and continued to edit it after Fielding's connexion with it ceased.'   (D. N. B.)